George and I headed around to the summit ribs area on the West face of Aonach Mor today. We set off in rain and low cloud at the Nevis Range Gondola. Above 800m it turned to light snowfall but by mid day it brightend up and cloud lifted. We set off to climb Salataire, the first couple of pitches were more grade III rather than II and armed only with a 25m rope and minamalist gear we decided to head into the gully. This was excellent and hard snow, becoming better and better higher up with rime ice on the rocks. A great mountaineering day with 500m of climbing and we saw no one till on the descent through the ski area. Time for coffee and buns at the gondola too.